River Hill, Hebron take team titles in Striders meet

Hawks' Stroup top boy

Glenelg's Selmer paces girls

Cross country

High Schools

September 15, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Shane Stroup took Izudin Mehmedovic out of his race plan.

Stroup, a senior for River Hill, surged past Mehmedovic, a senior at Oakland Mills, in the final 10th-mile to capture the boys division of the 3.1-mile Howard County Striders Invitational at Centennial yesterday.

Stroup's time of 16 minutes, 32.95 seconds powered the fifth-ranked Hawks to a mild upset of No. 3-ranked Mount Hebron, which finished 12 points behind River Hill in the team competition.

Mount Hebron sophomore Darya Fakory placed second to Glenelg senior Carrie Selmer in the girls race, but Fakory's Vikings edged out Selmer's Gladiators by 11 points to win the team title.

Of 75 boys competing, the annual race came down to three - Mehmedovic, Stroup and junior Matt Sanders of Mount Hebron (third place in 16:44.40).

Stroup took the outright lead with a burst of speed that nullified Mehmedovic's signature move of surging past his competitors near the finish line.

"I knew Izzy would have that kick of his," said Stroup, who overcame getting spiked by a competitor at last Saturday's Interstate Classic. "I went with everything I had left. I knew that I had to go for it, and fortunately, it was enough."

Mehmedovic, the reigning Class 1A state champ, said he didn't have the strength to catch Stroup.

"In the last mile, my legs wouldn't move," said Mehmedovic (16:40.98). "I was dying, and my chest wouldn't stop burning."

Sanders (16:44.40) said he actually caught both runners at a hill near the 3-mile marker.

"I wanted the take them at the hill, and I did," said Sanders, who finished second at the Spiked Shoe Invitational last week. "I didn't have enough to finish. They took off after that."

Stroup's teammates - junior Wes McCoy (7th, 18:01.08), junior Mark Adams (12th, 18:22.68), junior Alvin Yew (19th, 18:40.97) and junior Karl Lauenstein (25th, 18:58.29)- placed in the top 25 to lift River Hill to victory.

"It was a team performance," Hawks coach Earl Lauer said. "You don't win with just one kid."

Among girls, Selmer led all 71 runners practically from the start and cruised to a winning time of 21:09.49.

"I didn't want to push the hill too hard," said Selmer, who didn't have to worry about River Hill's Anne Cunningham (illness), Mount Hebron's Jessica Galindo (hip injury), or Walter Johnson's Ashley St. Denis (school pulled out). "I knew who was in the race, and I knew who my main competition was."

Fakory (21:25.22) said she didn't expect to finish second behind Selmer.

"I was really nervous, because another girl [Galindo] can't run until next month," Fakory said. "I'm just happy that I ran a good race."

Fakory's lead was followed by top 21 finishes from sophomore Elise Lindemayer (eighth, 22:22.34), freshman Sarah Lancose (10th, 22:28.62), junior Jessica Loche (15th, 22:46.09), and sophomore Erin McArinch (21st, 23:19.64).

"We had a big talk yesterday about running with heart and without expectations, and the girls were right there," said Vikings coach Mark Reedy, who did not have the services of Melissa McCarthy and Katrina McGowan, who were on college visits. "To do that well and know that we have three other girls coming back, it's a great start for the future."

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